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The D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure, when used with internal SATA drives, enables you to share documents, files, and digital media such as music, photos, and video with everyone on the home or office network. Remotely accessing files through the Internet is also possible with the built-in FTP server2. Whether you are allowing access locally or over the Internet, keep data safe by only giving rights to specific users or groups.

If you deploy the DNS-323 storage enclosure in your home or office, you will be able to centrally store files on the network, ready for access locally or over the Internet.

This will allow you to benefit from the new high performance SATA technology, enabling you to back up important documents or play photo, music and video collections via a Media Player, at an affordable cost.

Further info on what you can do with it can be found here:
http://wiki.dns323.info/
http://forum.dsmg600.info/

A few reviews:
http://www.osnews.com/story/22415
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2091770,00.asp
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/29671/75/
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3 Likes #1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000GK8LVE/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Read these before you buy. Overall good reviews, but concerns about network speed and heat with large capacity drives exist.

Update: According to the latest release notes, it supports 2TB disks. Now Im tempted even though it only supports the EXT2/3 file systems.

Useful wiki here
Web interface emulator here (admin/admin)
Review here

Product info here

A blog entry (useful for the photo to show size) here

Interest comparison of read/write performance against the ReadyNAS here
#2
I really need something like this, are there any other offers kicking about for something similar?

Voted hot.
#3
Have one with 2x1tb drives in, no heat issues, noise or speed issues.

I would suspect its people putting cheap slow drives in....
#4
I have had this NAS since launch and the last couple of firmware updates have fixed alot of the issues that were present in it's early life.

Currently running with 2 x 1TB Samsung F1 Drives without any issues and the latest firmware.

Not sure how hot the price is but as a bare device I would recommend it is you have spare drives knocking around.
#5
googleboogle;8409684
Have one with 2x1tb drives in, no heat issues, noise or speed issues.

I would suspect its people putting cheap slow drives in....


Isn't it going to be cheap slow drives you want to put in... the 5,400rpm SATA drives (especially with cache) are still going to be able to read and write faster than any Network can throughput anyway, and the slow "green" drives are going to run cooler than higher performance 7200rpm ones?
#6
Bought one late last night, was about to post this deal myself.

Had an email confirming dispatch this morning. this is a great deal as most other places have this going from £100 - 125.

My work colleague also has one and says update the firmware as soon as you get it and its great.

Also more in-depth review.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/29671/75/
#7
Seriously tempted....H+R added
#8

Now Im tempted even though it only supports the EXT2/3 file systems.


Surely thats a positive thing :)
#9
Sootie
Surely thats a positive thing :)


Indeed. Would love a NTFS off the shelf NAS, but they are like hens teeth.

Just need to find a suitable pair of 1.5Gb drives which dont emit too much heat or spindown automatically/after a ridiculous short period of inactivity.

Was looking at a pair of HD154UI, but these do seem to produce a fair amount of heat.
#10
nihcaj
Isn't it going to be cheap slow drives you want to put in... the 5,400rpm SATA drives (especially with cache) are still going to be able to read and write faster than any Network can throughput anyway, and the slow "green" drives are going to run cooler than higher performance 7200rpm ones?


Cheap as in poor quality drives. Some people will be wacking in any old drive they find
#11
Hmm, I suppose this doesn't come with any drives... I bought the Misco deal a while ago (Iomega 500GB NAS refurb for £40, but the internal drive was brand new)) which works well, reckon some folk might do better waiting for one of those deals. Just a thought.
#12
jazid
Indeed. Would love a NTFS off the shelf NAS, but they are like hens teeth.

Just need to find a suitable pair of 1.5Gb drives which dont emit too much heat or spindown automatically/after a ridiculous short period of inactivity.

Was looking at a pair of HD154UI, but these do seem to produce a fair amount of heat.


I have 4 of these in my QNAP NAS, they run between 22 and 25 degrees, compared to the WD15EADS I had which ran at 28 to 30 degrees.

I would avoid the WD drives if using in a Unix or Linux NAS box as they do have spindown and error correction problems.
#13
These are great as they are dual bay so you can mirror them for redundancy. unlike any other cheap one.

You really need to add another £100 to this offer for two 1tb drives, but will work fine with 1 if you dont want to raid and add more later.
#14
googleboogle;8412687
Cheap as in poor quality drives. Some people will be wacking in any old drive they find


....and if it is set to JBOD, surely no reason they won't work fairly well... even slow drives are fast movers when compared to Network throughput speeds in practice!
Obviously odd disks won't work as RAID though
banned#15
Can this thing join your network wirelessly?
I need a NAS that can be placed no where near thewireless router.

Also, how easy would it be to watch movies on a HD TV with this? I would probably look to stream via an xbox or ps3.
#16
It doesn't have wifi built in so you would need a long cable.
I have had one of these for about 3 years and it is brilliant.

I have had two HD streams running at the same time and this can handle it no problems
Brilliant piece of kit.
banned#17
homepryde
It doesn't have wifi built in so you would need a long cable.
I have had one of these for about 3 years and it is brilliant.

I have had two HD streams running at the same time and this can handle it no problems
Brilliant piece of kit.

Three years? so is this model coming to end of life or about to be replaced by something more advanced?
#18
Not according to the D-Link website.
The firmware upgrades have improved the product over the years.
I have actually ordered another one as a spare because we use it so much.
Currently using it to serve media to 2 HTPC, an Apple TV and a PC over a gig network.
The model isn't broken so maybe they are finding it hard to replace.
#19
woah, Play have stopped allowing you to have things over £50 delivered to any address other than billing.

they just lost my custom! such a shame after more than a decade... but such is life!
#20
Ive got one of these NAS drives, paid £129 back in 2007.

No problems and extremely well supported. ;)

im running the 1.09 beta firmware found here: [url]ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Multimedia/dns323/Beta/Firmware/[/url]
#21
I don't have an xbox 360, but looking into getting one soon to use as a 'media center' and stream media from my pc wirelessly to the xbox.

is there any way to stream media from this box (plugged into my router) to an xbox (wired into the same router) without a pc as a go-between?
#22
Ordered one, heat and rep added - thanks very much.
#23
this looks good, but i still think its a lot for basically an empty box with an ethernet port? until these are £30 i'll keep buying 1-2TB drives and plug them into one of the 6 usb port on my acer revo (which was £140).

this would be handy but i just cant justify it
#24
thePhantom
I don't have an xbox 360, but looking into getting one soon to use as a 'media center' and stream media from my pc wirelessly to the xbox.

is there any way to stream media from this box (plugged into my router) to an xbox (wired into the same router) without a pc as a go-between?


A quick and easy option for you might be to get hold of one of the Iomega Home Media NAS which is at 99.97 for 1TB in Staples at the moment.

Seems to be pretty much geared towards the XBOX/PS3 DLNA streaming market

http://reviews.cnet.com/network-storage/iomega-home-media-network/4505-3382_7-33490441.html

Just update the firmware to the latest version which apparently fixes a lot of problems early users had and adds support for FTP, torrent downloading, wireless USB support etc.
#25
yeah stupid price, im using a old p4 dell computer i bought off ebay for £10. 4 sata drives in it and has all the pro's of both pc and a nas. why oh why anyone would pay for this price for this is beyond me.
#26
When I saw the picture I thought "blimey that's a expensive toaster" :oops:
#27
nihcaj
....and if it is set to JBOD, surely no reason they won't work fairly well... even slow drives are fast movers when compared to Network throughput speeds in practice!
Obviously odd disks won't work as RAID though


It's not the network interface or the hard drives that cause the crap speed. It's the rubbish processors that are in these cheap junk 2 bay NAS devices.

Fine if your happy with 10-15mb\s throughput.
banned#28
I don't understand why people are so passive sometimes about stuff that is so obvious.

This is a fantastic price for this NAS, I bought mine for 129.99£ and I am very happy with it. This NAS is so much better than many out there.

1. Excellent Support ( DLink forums have dedicated support just for this model)
2. Very quiet and support HD standby where tiny amount of power is used.
3. Excellent Community modding support ( http://forum.dsmg600.info/ )
4. Very very easily extend-able via FUN_PLUG with many prebuilt packages available.
5. If you don't like 4. then you can run a chroot'ed debian on it.

I have been running, Mediatomb, Samba, SSHD, NZBGet, Transmission all at the same time and it has no problem running all of em.

I have not found a single device out there that is power efficient, is quiet and compact and yet so cheap. Why would you not buy it?
#29
Nellster
yeah stupid price, im using a old p4 dell computer i bought off ebay for £10. 4 sata drives in it and has all the pro's of both pc and a nas. why oh why anyone would pay for this price for this is beyond me.


lol, actually you're the one who's mad ;)

I would guess that the amount of power wasted using your P4 computer being on 24\7 as these devices are meant for would easily pay for 1 of these in less than a year
banned#30
robo989
lol, actually you're the one who's mad ;)

I would guess that the amount of power wasted using your P4 computer being on 24\7 as these devices are meant for would easily pay for 1 of these in less than a year


Too right, not to mention the noise and space.
#31
and the hassle of loading software, starting it up and shutting it down etc...

find my dns-323 much more efficient than my old pc which I previously used as my media server.

auto backup is great for peace of mind and it takes up no space at all sitting next to my router.

having a central place to share and backup all your families stuff is great, no clogging up individual laptops, pc's with photos, videos, music etc. also runs as ftp.
#32
Looks like a very good deal. Alternatively if you wanted something for 4 drives, you could buy an Atom-based motherboard and stick that in a cheap case.
#33
had one of these for a number of years... works well for its purpose

i pretty much mostly use it to keep movies on. currently have 2 x 1.5 tb drives in there... (WD green EADS ones)

havent used any of the fun plug stuff.

Serves its purpose well as I live in a small apartment.

Just using fast ethernet with it... have had no trouble playing 1080p movies off it.

Speeds could be better... but its only a problem when moving huge amounts of data onto it, like initial loads. ie Moving stuff from my 500 and 750 onto the 1.5tb did take about 30 hours i think, using the copy function that comes with it.

It's pretty much been turned on since I first bought it. Only time i switch it off is when im upgrading a drive. Never had to switch it off and on because it stopped working.
#34
seems like a good price can I just stick in my existing 2 x 1tb drives think they are ntfs or whatever. They are already full so if I cant plug them in and go no good.
#35
tfish
woah, Play have stopped allowing you to have things over £50 delivered to any address other than billing.

they just lost my custom! such a shame after more than a decade... but such is life!


It's also £79.99 @ Amazon if that helps: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000GK8LVE/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1271832913&sr=8-1&condition=new

[Edit] - Just noticed the delivery time...

Usually dispatched within 1 - 3 months.


:thinking:
#36
Ok - Silly Technical question - i know some manufacturers specify that two HD's from the "Same manufacturer" are used to allow better data integrity and Sync, however has anyone tried running one of these with two identical capacity, however different manufacturer drives?

Reason is that i have a 2TB F3 and a 2TB Seagate kicking about that i wouldnt mind throwing in. Now i know how basic raid1 works, however just wondered if anyone had used with different manufacturer drives and if any issues found??

Cheers
Paul
#37
i hate these nas threads, i've been looking to buy a nas for atleast 6 months and there are so many on the bloody market that makes it difficult to choose one.

Bufalo
Synology
Thecus
D-Link
Netgear Ready NAS
QNAP
HP Media Vault

Which one do I buy lol. Smallnet builder doesn't help aswell
#38
It is a very good price for the product but you don't have to look too far to find very mixed reviews for it.

I've been looking to get a NAS drive for quite a while now and keep on coming back to either QNAP or Synology, but especially Synology. They do cost quite a bit more than this but it's pretty hard to find any bad reviews. I'd just rather pay that bit extra to get something that will do everything I want of it and fast too.
#39
sheedatali
I don't understand why people are so passive sometimes about stuff that is so obvious.

This is a fantastic price for this NAS, I bought mine for 129.99£ and I am very happy with it. This NAS is so much better than many out there.

1. Excellent Support ( DLink forums have dedicated support just for this model)
2. Very quiet and support HD standby where tiny amount of power is used.
3. Excellent Community modding support ( http://forum.dsmg600.info/ )
4. Very very easily extend-able via FUN_PLUG with many prebuilt packages available.
5. If you don't like 4. then you can run a chroot'ed debian on it.

I have been running, Mediatomb, Samba, SSHD, NZBGet, Transmission all at the same time and it has no problem running all of em.

I have not found a single device out there that is power efficient, is quiet and compact and yet so cheap. Why would you not buy it?


does it support torrent downloads and can you attach a printer to it to act as a central printer for the home?
#40
Majnu;8418078
does it support torrent downloads and can you attach a printer to it to act as a central printer for the home?



According to the Play spec' it does have a print server and support web based downloads, but i'd be interested to know if it supports BT too.

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